Princess Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia and Electress Palatine, by Unknown artist, 1613 - NPG 5529 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Princess Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia and Electress Palatine

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, 1613
30 7/8 in. x 24 1/2 in. (784 mm x 622 mm)
Purchased, 1982
NPG 5529

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Penny Howard

19 April 2017, 17:52

I am sure that you know this, but I believe that Elizabeth is wearing the pearls left to Elizabeth's father James 1 after the death of Queen Elizabeth 1, who had got them from Mary Queen of Scots when she was in prison in England.
Mary had been given them by Catherine de Medici on her wedding to Francis II and took them with her to Scotland after his death, and also on escaping to England after her disastrous marriage to Boswell. Elizabeth 1 appropriated them, whilst hosting her "beloved cousin" & wore them until she died.

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